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    Writers that don't trust language

    Like Beckett, and Ingeborg Bachmann, and Celan: writers that seem to be unable to make adequate use of language (deliberately) for they feel it cannot express that particular thing they want to, like in Beckett's poem, ''What is the word''.
    Perhaps writers that had been influenced by Wittgenstein?

    Anyway, writers that don't believe in words' conventional meaning, and thus treat them accordingly. Do you know any?
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    Perhaps I should refer to them as writers skeptical in regard to language? Writers that retain a specific mistrust as to what a certain word or phrase means: and even to what partakes to this very word: meaning--what is the meaning of meaning. It perplexes one to come to realize that the term sense has not sense at all.

    I think what is at stake here is the problem of truth: what is true in uttering, and if truth can be uttered at all; if we can trust the conventional language to convey the truth we seek, and if not, to devise another, chopped and drawn, demixed, convoluted and mutated for our seeing that in a different form it can be an expedient deemed to be trusted at last.
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